The UN Conference on Sustainable Development closed in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Billed by the UN as a "once in a generation chance" to put the global economy onto an environmentally-sustainable track, the 3-day Earth Summit brought together some 50,000 people, including 130 heads of state, business leaders, scientists, and non-governmental groups. The conference was to assess past progress and agree on goals for the future, but ended with a non-binding declaration that many observers view as falling far short of expectations, or even pre-ordained by the UN's embrace of what critics call a corporate agenda.
From Rio with Maria Ivanova, an international relations and environmental policy scholar and professor at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired live on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on 2012-06-16.
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